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tomorrow. today he was in new york for the annual gathering of head of state and government at the u.n. general assembly. on his mind was the murder this month of ambassador chris stevens and three other state department employees in benghazi, libya. the attack on the u.s. consulate there may have been motivated in part by an american-made internet video that ridicules islam. nancy cordes is at the u.n. tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president today delivered an extended defense of free speech rights here at the u.n. in an address that appeared to be aimed at leaders from the muslim world. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: the president told world leaders today that the slain u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, had gone to benghazi to establish a cultural center and help modernize a hospital. >> today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: it's still unclear what motivated the terrorist attack, but president obama focused on that anti-muslim vide
, but the president is not scheduled to meet with any of them. nancy cordes is at the u.n. with more on that. nancy? >> reporter: well, scott, simply put, the white house is prioritizing the president's reelection bid. most major leaders will be here ers week. uhe president will here just 24 hours and he'll spend much of that time away from this gathering. after landing in new york this afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down. not with visiting leaders but with the ladies of "the view" for an interview to air nterrrow. >> america's commitment to israel will never waiver. >> reporter: last year at the yn. general assembly president obama held 13 one-on-one meets with major leaders. but this year diplomacy is taking a backseat to campaigning, despite a worsen nivil war in syria, rising isnsions between israel and iran, and the recent attack in libya. >> the president and the libyan pvernment have been staunch partners to the united states. >> reporter: in the president's sisence, it was secretary of thate hillary clinton who met with libya's president today as well as the presidents o
to build a bomb. according to the latest report by u.n. inspectors iran has about 200 pounds of 20% uranium, roughly two-thirds of what it would need to build one nuclear device. at the current rate of enrichment, iran would have 20% uranium for one bomb in about 10 months, or as netanyahu told the u.n., by next spring or summer. after that, it would take just a few months more to enrich uranium to the 90% bomb grade level. netanyahu said iran's nuclear program must be stopped before then. >> before iran gets to a point where it's a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: but as defense secretary panetta told norah o'donnell of "cbs this morning" earlier this month, the u.s. has a different red line. >> when they make the decision to go ahead and build a nuclear weapon, that, for us, is a red line. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence does not believe iran has made that decision yet. but netanyahu said it is too dangerous to rely on intelligence to detect the decision made in secret. so he set his red line on something he ca
, charlie. the israeli prime minister made a public appeal to the u.n. to set a firm ultimatum on iran to stop the nuclear development. he put pressure on the obama administration to take a tougher tone weeks ahead of the u.s. presidential election. >> reporter: israel's rhetorical red line. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: became a literal one as prime minister benjamin netanyahu took to the u.n. general assembly with a red marker and a chart of what he says is iran's progress towards developing nuclear weapons. >> red lines don't lead to war. red lines prevent war, and i believe that faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. >> reporter: the prime minister's speech put in stark relief the differences between how the u.s. and israel view the threat of a nuclear iran. >> a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: while president obama says he will not allow iran to gain nuclear weapons, he hasn't publicly declared a point of no return. that boundary may commit the u.s. to take military action. israel cannot destroy iran's n
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